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NPR Blacklists Author Who Warned of Terrorist Attacks

Tuesday, 19 February 2002 12:00 AM

Syndicated columnist Jeff Jacoby says even now Steve Emerson is "a prophet without honor in his own land.”

In 1997, based on research through his Investigative Project in Washington, Emerson, referring to the 1993 WTC bombing, warned the "the infrastructure now exists to carry off 20 simultaneous World Trade Center-type bombings in the United States.”

Yet, according to Jacoby, NPR bowed to a pressure campaign by Muslim extremists "who falsely accused him as an anti-Muslim bigot.”

"You have my promise he [Emerson] won’t be used again,” wrote NPR Producer Ellen Silva in 1998 to Ali Abunimah of American Arab Action Network. "It is NPR policy.”

"Policy?” To blacklist people? You may have thought, to hear the entertainment media wail, that the heinous crime of "blacklisting” 10 Hollywood producers and writers 50 years ago (because they deliberately inserted communist propaganda in their movies) had demonstrated that "blacklisting” of any kind was pure evil.

Never mind that those who wanted to publicize the communist front connections or party discipline of the so-called "Hollywood Ten” merely thought Americans should be aware of where these people were coming from. After all, the Hitler-Stalin pact had threatened the entire world and was instrumental in bringing on World War II, and there were folks here who thought it was relevant that those in this country who shilled for either of those two bloodiest of 20th century aggressors should be known to the public. That way, citizens could put the movie-house propaganda in perspective.

But it is an article of faith among the media elite that that particular "blacklisting" was bad. "Blacklisting” an author who today warns of terrorist attacks on the United States is – well, it isn’t really "blacklisting.” It’s just "sensitive.”

"There never was and never will be a policy of blacklisting at NPR,” wrote Jeffrey Dworkin, an NPR vice president. "Mr. Emerson was not ‘banned’ and in fact we anticipate that he will be on NPR again at an appropriate time.”

Apparently, more than five months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the "appropriate time” has not yet arrived. Emerson is still not welcome at NPR. One would think that an investigator who warned in 1998 that we "face the possibilities of mass civilian murder the likes of which we not seen since World War II” would pique the interest of National Public Radio.

Others in the mainstream media, to their credit, have interviewed him regarding the startling findings in his blockbuster new book, "

But NPR? No way. It’s not just that Emerson himself is persona non grata. NPR has "consistently suppressed news stories about militant Islamic groups in the United States operating under cover,” says the investigator, who has examined the network coverage.

Regarding the

NPR spokeswoman Jessamyn Sarmiento told NewsMax on Wednesday that the taxpayer-subsidized radio network had no comment beyond that contained in three letters by one of its attorneys.

Those communications urged a meeting or conversation between representatives of NPR and TVC to "resolve this matter permanently on terms that are mutually acceptable.”

"There is nothing for us to talk about,” the Rev. Lou Sheldon of TVC told NewsMax.com. "They’ve accused us [by implication, of being involved in the anthrax mailings]. They’ve made their 16-minute broadcast. For us to waste our time with them is not in our best interest. They need to show a high level of apology or repentance.”

For starters, Sheldon is calling for a meaningful retraction as opposed to the "repulsive” half-hearted "retraction” on the air where NPR acknowledged that it "may have overstated the situation.”

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